The Easter Market in front of the Schönbrunn Palace brings traditional customs and Easter arts and crafts from all over the nation to the heart of the capital. Around 60 merchants set up shop on the cour d’honneur in front of the Habsburg’s legendary former summer residence, offering everything from Easter jewellery, eye-catching eggs in a range of sizes (from quails eggs to ostrich eggs), classic and contemporary Easter gifts, wood carvings, artisan glass, ceramics and soaps. The food stands treat visitors to selected specialties from the length and breadth of the country. A collection of giant decorative Easter eggs in the centre of the square doubles up as a popular backdrop for photos.
At the Old Viennese Easter Market in the old town, around 50 stallholders offer all of the things that make this time of year so special. Located on Freyung, the square in front of the Schottenkirche church, visitors will find Europe’s largest mountain of painted and decorated Easter eggs (around 40,000 in total). The stands themselves are laden with handicrafts and traditional Easter snacks from sweet Osterpinze bread to Easter lamb-shaped cakes. Elsewhere, there are Easter craft workshops, puppet theatre and a rabbit enclosure for the little ones to enjoy. Just a few steps further on, the square at Am Hof is given over to all things Easter for the two weeks leading up to Easter Sunday. The Austrian arts and handicrafts stalls sell Easter eggs, flower arrangements, watercolours, silk scarves, make-up, glassware and much more besides. Meanwhile, on Easter Sunday the Prater hosts a spectacular spring parade complete with a live band.
- Easter Market, Apr 5-21, 2014, Schönbrunn Palace, 1130 Vienna, www.ostermarkt.co.at
- Altwiener Ostermarkt, 4.-21.4.2014, Freyung, 1010 Vienna, www.altwiener-markt.at/ostermarkt
- Kunst + Handwerk Ostermarkt, 4.-21.4.2013, Am Hof, 1010 Vienna, www.kunsthandwerksmarkt.at
- Osterfest im Prater, 20.4.2014, Prater, 1020 Vienna, www.praterservice.at